A Libertas election candidate was last night accused of "playing the race card" after claiming Ireland's borders should be closed to stop any future influx of foreign nationals.
Raymond O'Malley, who is running in the European elections in the East constituency, said the borders should be closed to the 10 accession states as long as Ireland's high unemployment rate persists.
The Libertas candidate claimed over 29,000 PPS numbers were handed out to foreign nationals since January of this year.
"I think we've got to stop it. I think we have to look after our own people," Mr O'Malley said.